The phonematics and syllable structure of Sudanese Arabic

Dickins, J 2007, The phonematics and syllable structure of Sudanese Arabic , Semitica Viva , Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, Germany.

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This book proposes a functionalist analysis which is strikingly simpler than standard accounts. Consonants and vowels are integrated into a single phoneme system; consonantal [y] and vocalic [i], consonantal [w] and vocalic [u], and consonantal ['] and vocalic [a] are analysed as allophones of a single phoneme respectively. The putative phonemes 'ee' and 'oo' are analysed not as phonemes in their own right, but as realisations of / ai/ and / au/ phoneme sequences, differing from 'ay' and 'aw' in terms of their phonotactic structuring rather than the identity of the phonemes which make them up. The potential for zero distinctive features to further significantly simplify the analysis is explored, particularly in the light of Jakobson's (1957) account of North Palestinian Druze. The models hyperphoneme and archiphoneme are shown to provide elegant solutions to otherwise problematic areas of analysis.

Item Type: Book
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: Semitica Viva
ISBN: 9783447055192
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2009 16:53
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:06

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